After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

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After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each other—each narrated in a voice as tender as it is fierce—we learn what binds Frank and Leon together, and what may end up keeping them apart.
 
Set in the unforgiving landscape of eastern Australia, Evie Wyld’s accomplished debut tackles the inescapability of the past, the ineffable ties of family, and the wars fought by fathers and sons.




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About Evie Wyld

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EVIE WYLD grew up in Australia and London, where she currently lives. She received an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was featured as one of Granta's New Voices in May 2008.
 
Published August 12, 2009 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Evie Wyld's terrifically self-assured debut, set mostly on the coast of Queensland, uses its biblical title to describe the turbulent lives of three estranged men - Frank, his father Leon, and grandfather Roman.

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The Guardian

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In fact, lots of people in the book aren't all right - from Frank, who moves into his grandparents' abandoned Queensland shack after he has finally succeeded in driving his girlfriend in Canberra to leave him, to the various local families who are the opposite of all right after their children go...

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As we weave, chapter by chapter, between Frank and Leon, Evie Wyld refuses to judge, pass comment or even provide answers.

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Publishers Weekly

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One of Granta ’s New Voices of 2008, debut novelist Wyld chronicles the stories of two Australian men and the shards of trauma that have made up both lives.

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